In April the owners of the Mai-Kai, the iconic and now-shuttered polynesian themed restaurant in Broward County, unveiled their grand plans to the City of Oakland Park and neighborhood residents for the property, including an enhanced entrance experience and banquet hall, along with necessary repairs to the roof and air conditioning systems, a new kitchen, and restoration of the main dining rooms. A part of the 65-year-old building's roof caved in back in October of 2020, leading to the closure of the Mai-Kai and questions as to the venue's future - a future that is increasingly looking to be in safe hands.
The Anglin's Fishing Pier, in the small oceanfront town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea way up in the northern reaches of Broward County, is the only ocean fishing pier in South Florida that anybody can own. It's 900 feet long, super rare, and totally one-of-a-kind because every single other pier like it in South Florida is off-limits to, well, being owned. They're all in public parks or owned by municipalities or those sorts of things. This is it, and for the glory of owning such a thing, the pier is currently on the market for a whopping $45 million.
This over-the-top technicolor wonder has everything, or at least the current owners probably think it does. They've obviously poured a lot of love into the place, a certain amount of money into it, and whatever modicum of taste they have. Located on quite a nice lot in Lighthouse Point, with canals on two sides, the house is awash in color and full of kooky nicknacks. Want a fake fireplace with painted-on flames? Check! A turquoise, lavender, and pink wrap-around deck? They've got that too. Tacky sculptures of every imaginable kind? Don't bother going to the flea market, because they're all here.
Alfred Browning Parker, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, was one of South Florida's most important and iconic midcentury modern architects, creating fantastic structures across the state. Only three of the houses he designed in Broward County remain, however, one of which has just hit the market for $949,000.
Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse, known for its midcentury baroque aesthetic, is getting a $25 million renovation that will jazz it up with lots of new upgrades and amenities. This includes a big new lobby, private donor and premium lounges, and a signature bar. Oh, and upgrades mechanical systems, state-of-the-art equipment, and acoustic upgrades.
A notoriously gaudy and gigantic mansion located in the town of Hillsboro Beach, next to Fort Lauderdale, known as both Playa Vista and Le Palais Royale sold at auction in November for a 'record setting,' price. However, the actual price itself was kept quiet by both buyer and seller until now, when the Sun Sentinel noticed that the sale had been recorded by the Broward County Property Appraiser, and made public record, revealing both the amount, and the buyer. It sold for $42.5 million.
After a weird five years of existence, the most gilded house in South Florida has finally sold. Formerly known as Le Palais Royale, a name that notched up the palatial factor ever higher, it appears to have been renamed Playa Vista Isle recently. Inspired by Versailles (obviously), it was designed by Miami-based architect Denio Madera.
Check out this joint! The two bedroom, two bath, open-plan midcentury house stuffed with upcycled art inspired by postmodernism, the Memphis design movement, and everything colorful and wonderful, is on the market in Wilton Manors for $1.2 million—with all of the art included. And we're talking a lot of art.